Senator Defends Mammograms At Age 40

State Senator Leanna Washington, who represents parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, takes issue with a government task force report that says most women should get their first mammograms at age 50, not 40 as the American Cancer Society recommends.

She says the tests are valuable, and women should get them, because breast cancer affects women of all ages.

“I would encourage them to continue doing it, and those who have not done it I would encourage to do it immediately. Breast cancer doesn’t have an age, and that’s why the test screenings shouldn’t have an age as well.”

Washington says the task force report goes against one of the key points in the current health care debate, which is that people need to do more preventive things.